Tonight I was surrounded

Today I was surrounded by small children begging so politely, but so ardently, for winter hats. Not for candy, but for winter hats. I was so glad I could give one to every single one of them. I shared blankets around the fire in the freezing cold with strangers from Syria and Kurdistan. I saw the giant tents with floors of thick gravel where hundreds of men, women, and children will have to sleep tonight in the sub-zero temperatures – with no beds, no mattresses, no insulation, and no heat. I saw the desperation on the faces of grown men […]

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Learning to count

Sitting around the fire waiting for the next train. Some lovely Syrian gentlemen were trying to teach me to count to five in Arabic. I was apparently being a little slow so finally I got the order to go repeat it over and over for 5 minutes straight. When I came back a few minutes later I recited the whole thing and they were so so happy.

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On behalf of all Syrian people

On behalf of all Syrian people

Message from a Syrian Refugee: This man asked me to relay the following message to you. “On behalf of all Syrian people, THANK YOU to everyone who donated and helped. From the bottom of my heart. Allah will reward you for what you have done.” It was very important to him that I relay this; he went and found a translator so he could ensure he got the message across.

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Little girl

Little girl

Last night I was at the border a little girl caught my eye so I stopped what I was doing and went to get warm clothes on her. Her whole body was shaking with cold. Her clothes were wet from rain and she had all of her hair pulled in front of her face, hanging down to fully cover it. She was completely solid and the expression on her face was anger and hate – not toward me or anyone in particular,but just toward life in general. If I moved her hair away from in front of her face, she […]

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Hfz Fati

Hfz Fati

Within the last hour, this child received winter clothing funded by your donations to Winter Clothes for Refugees. Standing with him is my friend Hfz-fati Shabani. Hfz-fati is amazing. He goes out and spends hours helping refugees every night. He’s done it for months. He doesn’t get paid for it. He doesn’t have to do it. He works a normal job during the day, he sleeps a few hours, and he helps refugees by night. He wants to help his fellow man. Hfz-fati has also memorized the entire Koran word for word. He sang a part of it to me […]

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